Glen Elder Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS at Glen Elder WA are required to check-in AND check-out daily. Go to or utilize the GoOutdoorsKS app and check-in using your licensing login credentials.

It is YOUR responsibility to know a property's regulations, refuge(s) and duck zone boundaries, etc. BEFORE you hunt. 

Click here for a detailed map of the refuges, youth area, and State Park boundaries.

Please be aware that the Low Plains Early Duck Zone and Low Plains Late Duck Zone boundary is HWY 24. This means Glen Elder WA North of Hwy 24 is in the Early Zone.  The majority of the Glen Elder WA (South of HWY 24) is in the Late Zone.


Waterfowl numbers have dropped off this week as migration pushes north. Estimating about 20,000 snow geese. Duck numbers estimated at 10,000 or so with a variety of species present.  Maybe 1,000 or so dark geese.    

Numbers may change dramatically from day-to-day.


Glen Elder map

Water level Lake is currently 4.5 feet low and stable.  
Hunting conditions Fair.  Hunters still need to be cautious of DANGEROUS MUD CONDITIONS on the river areas.
Expected hunting success Fair for snow geese.  Not many birds left.  

Granite Creek boat ramp is closed November 1 through January 31, 2021.

The following boat ramps are now UNUSABLE due to low water levels:  Granite Creek, North Fork River, Carr Creek, Schoen's Cove and Walnut Creek. 

Low Plains Early Duck Zone (North of Highway 24) season is CLOSED

Low Plains Late Duck Zone (South of Highway 24) season is CLOSED

Dark geese season is CLOSED

Whitefront season is CLOSED 

Light geese season Conservation Season will be February 12, 2024 through April 30, 2024.

Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31st.

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is located in the Granite Creek Refuge and is in effect from October 1 - January 31. Waterfowl hunting from the shoreline area is allowed in the Youth-Mentor Area as long as EACH adult is hunting with a youth 17 years or younger. Boats of any sort are prohibited in the Granite Creek Refuge.

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in Waconda Lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.